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The 12th International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB12) will take place at the University of Alberta, Canada, 23-28 June, 2019.

The conference theme is “Bilingualism and The Next Generation,” which highlights the importance of the next generation in language maintenance and survival on the one hand, and the importance of the next generation of scholars in moving the field forward on the other. Papers that fit within that theme in some way are particularly eagerly solicited. However, ISB12 invites papers in all areas of research in bilingualism and multilingualism (whether linked to the conference theme or not), including but not limited to: linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, applied linguistics, neuropsychology, first and second and third language acquisition, clinical linguistics, language and education, and multilingual societies.



Abstracts are solicited for three categories of proposals: individual papers, posters, and theme sessions. Abstracts may be submitted in either English or French, and presentations may also be given in either language. Apart from this, the main working language of ISB12 will be English (we plan to offer interpretation to and from American Sign Language, if requested).

The deadline for the submission of abstracts will be 15 October, 2018 at 23:59 North American Mountain time. Notification of acceptance can be expected by 15 January, 2019.


For more information, see attached ISB12 Last Call For Papers or visit the conference website.


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The (randomly) selected focus publication for September 2018 is:

Walther, J. B. (2018). The emergence, convergence, and resurgence of intergroup communication theory in computer-mediated communication. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 26, 86-97. doi: 10.1080/15456870.2018.1432616


This article describes the emergence, application, development, and refinement of intergroup communication theory to explain the social effects of computer-mediated communication. It highlights the social identification-deindividuation model as a critique and alternative to models of computer-mediated communication based on interindividual and interpersonal perceptions. The article chronicles how tensions between interpersonal and intergroup approaches led to reevaluations of research methods, to measures, and to critical tests of the perspectives, and how these developments ultimately led to reformulations and the evolution of explanatory models from both the intergroup and interpersonal domains. Recent developments in social media and their challenges and opportunities for continuing and expanding applications of intergroup conceptualizations are discussed, concluding with recommendations for the resurgent vitality of intergroup approaches to help explain new social media practices and problems.


Individuals can request a copy of the published version of this article (and others from Joe Walther) to be sent to them by email from here.

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The (randomly) selected focus publication for August 2018 is:

Simchon, A., & Gilead, M. (2018). A Psychologically Informed Approach to CLPsych Shared Task 2018. In Proceedings of the Fifth Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology: From Keyboard to Clinic (pp. 113-118).


This paper describes our approach to the CLPsych 2018 Shared Task, in which we attempted to predict cross-sectional psychological health at age 11 and future psychological distress based on childhood essays. We attempted several modeling approaches and observed best cross-validated prediction accuracy with relatively simple models based on psychological theory. The models provided reasonable predictions in most outcomes. Notably, our model was especially successful in predicting out-of-sample psychological distress (across people and across time) at age 50.


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[From Karolina Hansen]

For many of us, summer is a time for writing. Why not to publish in Psychology of Language and Communication? The journal is peer-reviewed, open-access, and free for authors (thanks to the University of Warsaw covering the costs). It is published by DeGruyter (now Sciendo), indexed in many databases, ranked by CiteScore, and has SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) and Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP). For more information, check the website ( or contact Karolina Hansen (, who is an associate editor of the journal.